Quotes by: Ben Bernanke

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At the most basic level, a central bank must be clear and open about its actions and operations, particularly when they involve the deployment of public funds.
Ben Bernanke
The public in many countries is understandably concerned by the commitment of substantial government resources to aid the financial industry when other industries receive little or no assistance. This disparate treatment, unappealing as it is, appears unavoidable.
Ben Bernanke
Deflation is defined as a general decline in prices, with emphasis on the word 'general.'
Ben Bernanke
Monetary policy is a blunt tool which certainly affects the distribution of income and wealth, although whether the net effect is to increase or reduce inequality is not clear.
Ben Bernanke
Now that I'm a civilian again, I can once more comment on economic and financial issues without my words being put under the microscope by Fed watchers.
Ben Bernanke
The movement toward a holistic approach to community development has been long in the making, but the housing crisis has motivated further progress.
Ben Bernanke
Monetary policy cannot do much about long-run growth, all we can try to do is to try to smooth out periods where the economy is depressed because of lack of demand.
Ben Bernanke
If the fiscal cliff occurs, I don't think the Federal Reserve has the tools to offset that event.
Ben Bernanke
Of course, economic forecasts must be revised when new information arrives and are thus necessarily provisional.
Ben Bernanke
I am particularly pleased to see that the Bendheim Center for Finance is thriving.
Ben Bernanke
Achieving price stability is not only important in itself, it is also central to attaining the Federal Reserve's other mandate objectives of maximum sustainable employment and moderate long-term interest rates.
Ben Bernanke
In any given month, a large number of workers are being hired or are leaving their current jobs, illustrating the dynamism of the U.S. labor market.
Ben Bernanke
A collapse in U.S. stock prices certainly would cause a lot of white knuckles on Wall Street.
Ben Bernanke
Only a strong economy can create higher asset values and sustainably good returns for savers.
Ben Bernanke
The amount of currency in circulation is not changing. The money supply is not changing in any significant way.
Ben Bernanke
Community development has a long history of innovation and learning from experience.
Ben Bernanke
The downturn following the collapse of Japan's so-called bubble economy of the 1980s was not as severe as the Great Depression.
Ben Bernanke
Because financially capable consumers ultimately contribute to a stable economic and financial system as well as improve their own financial situations, it's clear that the Federal Reserve has a significant stake in financial education.
Ben Bernanke
The lesson of history is that you do not get a sustained economic recovery as long as the financial system is in crisis.
Ben Bernanke
In the tradition of national income accounting, economic policymakers have typically focused on variables such as income, wealth, and consumption.
Ben Bernanke
Clear communication is always important in central banking, but it can be especially important when economic conditions call for further policy stimulus but the policy rate is already at its effective lower bound.
Ben Bernanke
I think one of the lessons of the Depression - and this is something that Franklin Roosevelt demonstrated - was that when orthodoxy fails, then you need to try new things. And he was very willing to try unorthodox approaches when the orthodox approach had shown that it was not adequate.
Ben Bernanke
The Federal Reserve has never suffered any losses in the course of its normal lending to banks and, now, to primary dealers.
Ben Bernanke
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